Lawmakers crossed the aisle and shared emotional embraces Monday morning, as they commemorated the enactment of a mental health services expansion bill named in memory of U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin’s late son, Tommy Raskin.
“We live in a state that cares about each and every young person out there and we don’t want to lose anybody else,” Raskin said. “And so, my family is just really happy that Tommy has been honored in this way.”
The Thomas Bloom Raskin Act, named after Raskin’s son who died by suicide on New Year’s Eve, will establish voluntary mental health check-ins from trained and accredited mental health professionals through the state’s 211 system.
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